Across the asman, last week’s Visual Impact Sydney show saw an increase of 10 per cent in visitor numbers.

The three-day wide format event saw the regional debut of machines, which had their launches at drupa. Visitors caught several Visual Impact-first launches from vendors such as Canon, Epson, Mimaki and HP, with major sales and orders making the trip interstate well worthwhile.

Canon showed its new Océ Arizona 2200 series – flown in only several days earlier from Vancouver. This fourth generation Arizona flatbed printer prints at a speed of up to 63.4sqm per hour, utilises Océ VariaDot ink quality and offers Roll Media Option for unattended overnight printing.

Epson’s demonstrated its new SureColor SC-S60600 model, which debuted at drupa. The machine boasts faster production and throughput, paired with simple operation and maintenance demand.

The Mimaki stand featured the new UJF-6042MkII inkjet flatbed, succeeding the UJF-6042. Mimaki also showed its grand format UJV 55-320, marketed for super wide format printing with high speed production up to 110m² per hour and LUS-120 high performance UV curing ink including white.

HP had its first public showing of the new HP Latex 1500 and Latex 560 presses. Jeremy Brew, wide format sales manager at HP, says the HP stand focused on, “customer ideas and application inspiration’ and says the strategy behind partnering with resellers ensures every HP supplier has the chance to experience a HP-style exhibition stand.”

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